QB Mornhinweg switches from PSU to Florida

Soon after offensive coordinator Brent Pease was hired by the Florida Gators, he made it clear to the coaching staff that he wanted a quarterback as part of the team’s 2012 recruiting class. He got his wish Friday as three-star QB Skyler Mornhinweg (Philadelphia, PA) announced that he has officially switched his commitment from the Penn State Nittany Lions to the Gators.

Mornhinweg’s decision was first reported by ESPN citing a source close to the situation. Rivals.com confirmed the decision a short while later.

Committed to Penn State since July 19, Mornhinweg (6’3” 215 lbs.) recently began to soften his pledge and wavered in his decision to play in Happy Valley, PA.

He is now Florida’s 21st commitment for the 2012 recruiting cycle and will be the fourth scholarship quarterback on UF’s roster next season along with sophomores Jacoby Brissett, Jeff Driskel and (redshirt) Tyler Murphy.

Taking over the Gators’ offense, Pease reached out to the son of friend and Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, a former teammate of his at Montana. The older Mornhinweg was a four-year starter who set 15 passing records at the school and graduated in 1985, the same year that Pease transferred to the program and sat out a season before starting as a senior in 1986.

The younger Mornhinweg took a trip to Gainesville, FL from Jan. 21-22 and received an official scholarship offer during his visit. However, he was also given a Jan. 25 deadline to decide whether or not he would accept.

The deadline was put in place by Florida because Pease is so dead set on bringing in a signal caller that a backup candidate, Paxton Lynch (Deltona, FL), was in place should Mornhinweg decline the offer. The Gators wound up pulling the deadline as Mornhinweg asked for more time to make his decision.

The Nittany Lions were obviously prepared for the potential defection, gaining a commitment Tuesday from three-star QB Steven Bench (Cairo, GA), a Rice pledge.

Mornhinweg, unranked nationally or positionally by Rivals, is considered a four-star recruit and the No. 19 player at his position by ESPNU.

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Gators in the market for another young QB?

The Florida Gators may have three quarterbacks already on their 2012 roster, but new offensive coordinator Brent Pease is in search of one more to add to the fold.

In addition to soon-to-be sophomores Jacoby Brissett and Jeff Driskel, both of whom will compete for the starting job beginning in spring practice, and redshirt sophomore backup Tyler Murphy, Florida has reached out to a pair of 2012 signal callers who may be interested in joining to the program this year.

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SIX BITS: Stripes, Black, Sanders, Pats, Eagles

1 » During a post-practice media availability Thursday, defensive line coach Dan McCarney said that Florida Gators freshmen wide receiver Robert Clark (first) and linebackers Michael Taylor and Neiron Ball were the first three youngsters to have their black helmet stripes removed. This is a tradition each fall.

2 » Ever since he decided to stay for his senior season, safety Ahmad Black has been talking about becoming a better leader for his teammates. Black expanded on that sentiment during Florida Media Day on Tuesday, explaining how things have changed during his college career. “As a freshman, I thought it was going to be handed to me and it wasn’t,” he said. “I just had to learn to go hard and show that I really belong here. […] I am trying to step up. I have to. I am one of the few seniors that we have on defense and one of the guys that has been there for a while. It is my job to help these young guys and help them do what they are supposed to do.” Black also talked about asking now-New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes for advice. “Me and Spikes would be sitting down playing a video game, and I would ask him, ‘What do I have to do to get the guys to respect me? What do I have to do to get the guys to listen to me? Just him having a conversation with me helped me out.”

3 » Also of note post-practice was senior defensive tackle Terron Sanders’ admission that he was contacted either by an agent or a runner for an agent at the tail end of last season via multiple text messages to his cell phone. Sanders explained that he and the team “nipped that in the bud,” according to multiple reporters.

Three more BITS including Madden NFL 11 rankings and updates on Gators on the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles…after the break!
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